Nichole Hannahs

King’s Legacy Lives

by Nichole Hannahs on January 21, 2013 at 6:28 am

Martin Luther King Junior Day celebrates the life and legacy of the famed civil rights leader.

King was the spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which protested racial discrimination. This day means something different to everyone.

"It’s about equality and I think that with a little more of that around, honestly, we’d all be a little bit better," said Zanesville High School’s Justin Shaw.

"He set an environment where he was here to help everybody," added Eric Peterson the vice-president of corporate diversity at General Motors. "It didn’t matter if they were black or white. He wanted to provide access to everyone so they could live their dream."

King was killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee giving his life became the ultimate sacrifice for the minister who organized the march from Selma to Montgomery.

"The fact that he did all that for people like me to be able to live equally with everyone else really means a lot to me," said Isaiah Draughn a student at Mid-East Career and Technology Center.

In many communities Martin Luther King Junior Day also serves as a date to do acts of service within the community.